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MAGIC MIKE XXL
"The term climax applies in more ways than one."
4 stars
Brett Gallman says... "For better and for worse, “Magic Mike XXL” is the film most people likely expected its predecessor to be." (more)
MAGIC MIKE XXL
"They're Playing Our Thong"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "When it arrived in theaters in the summer of 2012, many observers assumed that "Magic Mike" was going to be little more than a salacious romp about male strippers designed to do nothing more than to show off the abs and dance moves of such hunks as Channing Tatum (who helped to devise the story that was inspired by his own experiences before becoming a movie star), Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer. Others wondered why director Steven Soderbergh would attach himself to a project that, at least on the surface, made "Ocean's 13" look like "Che" by comparison. As it turned out, the film turned out to be one of the more pleasant surprises of that summer because while it more than satisfied viewers who were lured in by the sexy ad campaign promising gyrating pelvises a-plenty, it also gave them a surprisingly strong screenplay that examined the plight of someone who had excelled in a rarefied field but who was getting to that scary point where it was time to move on to something new (after all, there are relatively few old-timers days at strip clubs), a stylish presentation of the material by Soderbergh and enormously winning and charismatic performances by Tatum, once again showing off his often-underrated acting talents alongside his chest, and McConaughey, who practically stole the show in his supporting turn." (more)
MAXIMUM FORCE
"As Disposable and Generic As Its Title"
1 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "It's easy to see why this turkey went straight to home video in that it hasn't a single good scene to its credit." (more)
KID
"C. Thomas Howell Kicks Some Redneck Ass"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Oh, it's not the kind of thing that warrants racing out to the video store to find, but it's perfectly pleasing viewing for the undemanding." (more)
GIRL IN A SWING, THE
"A Hypnotic Meg Tilly is By Far Its Best Asset"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Having grossed just $747,013 during its limited U.S. release, it's not exactly ripe for rediscovery." (more)
L.A. SLASHER
"Worthless."
1 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "The horror/satire "L.A. Slasher" is the kind of film that has no character names, just generic labels: The Actress, The Reality Star, etc. They don’t matter as people, just as abstract concepts symbolizing how TV is ruining culture and society. Well, not if you don’t watch it, but never mind." (more)
TED 2
"A.K.A. Does A Bear S--- In A Multiplex?"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "The original "Ted," you will recall, told the story of an ordinary teddy bear that came to life thanks to the wish of John, the little boy that received him as a Christmas present, and developed into a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking horndog who was still hanging out with his now-grown buddy nearly 30 years later. Essentially a exceptionally perverse riff on what might have otherwise been a mid-level Amblin Entertainment production of the mid-Eighties (landing somewhere between "Harry and the Hendersons" and "batteries not included" on the qualitative scale), the film had a few funny bits here and there but was essentially a one-joke proposition that was shakily buttressed by the shock humor and pop cultural references that have long been the stock-in-trade of creator Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the likes of "Family Guy," "American Dad" and countless impersonations by drunken frat boys every Saturday night. I admit that I laughed a few times--so many jokes were thrown at the screen that a few of them eventually had to hit--but as someone who has never found MacFarlane and his output to be that amusing, I found the whole enterprise to be more tedious than anything else." (more)
NEW LIFE, A
"A Home Run for Alan Alda"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Pathetic that it managed to gross just under $8 million in the U.S. when there are countless others of its genre that are disposable to the extreme." (more)
JURASSIC WORLD
"Dinosaurs may no longer amaze, but bonkers plotting always will."
4 stars
Daniel Kelly says... "Homer: Well, he’s got all the money in the world, but there’s one thing he can’t buy. Marge: What’s that? Beat Homer: A dinosaur." (more)
LIE WITH ME
"PWP: The Movie."
2 stars
Jaycie says... "Utter the phrase “Canadian porn” and you’ll probably hear jokes about, say, a lumberjack and a maple syrup trucker getting it on while snowbound inside a Tim Hortons on the eve of the Grey Cup finals (working title: Always Getting His Man). While Lie with Me spares us that particular cliché dump, it may be even more pointless." (more)

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